Songwriting Contest

2021 Online Songwriting Contest

Entries accepted beginning May 1.
See the Contest page for more details.

2020 Winners

Shanna in a Dress 1st Place—Shanna in a Dress, Boulder, CO
The Sapsuckers 3rd Place—The Sapsuckers, Nikki Grossmand & Joe Hart, Soldiers Grove, WI
Amanda Pascali 2nd Place—Amanda Pascali, Houston, TX
Songa Fan Favorite—Songa, Chippewa Falls, WI

Crafters and Artisans

For information about displaying at our juried craft fair in 2021, visit our Crafts Application page.

This year, as in 2019, we are pleased to have partnered with Driftless Makers Exchange.

Fest Blog

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Physical Arrangements Lead Wanted

Doug Fest Physical Arrangements Lead

Are you an organized take-charge person? Do you love music and working with other music lovers? We may have the perfect opportunity for you to use your talents to give back to the community as our Physical Arrangement lead. Our long-time physical arrangements lead Doug McVey is stepping down after this year, so a new lead would have a year to learn the ropes from the best. In addition, Doug has documented the entire process to ease the transition.

The position includes early season planning, contacting suppliers, and leading the efforts on the festival weekend to make sure the fest grounds sing as well as the musicians and crafters! If you are interested, please email our steering committee at and we can send you the job description.

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